Food Innovation Leadership

A Pilot Education Program for Arctic Indigenous Youth on Food Innovation and Business Development, based on Traditional Indigenous Knowledge.  This pilot education program is to develop, implement and refine a pilot education course for Arctic indigenous youth on food innovation and business idea planning.  The course pilot will be a 1 week intensive course on 7,5 ECTS credits, held in Bodø March 31-April 5, 2019.


About: A Pilot Education Program for Arctic Indigenous Youth on Food Innovation and Business Development, based on Traditional Indigenous Knowledge.  A part of the Arctic Council EALLU Project and the UArctic UEI ´Training of Future Arctic Leaders´ Program. This pilot education program is to develop, implement and refine a pilot education course for Arctic indigenous youth on food innovation and business idea planning.  The course pilot will be a 1 week intensive course on 7,5 ECTS credits, held in Bodø March 31-April 5, 2019.  We welcome young indigenous students from the pan-Arctic region, including Fennoscandia, Russia, North America and Greenland.

Description: ´Food innovation leadership´ is a practical oriented course focusing on creative processes identifying business ideas and development of new business concepts related to traditional indigenous knowledge, on food culture and resources. The course provides students with an introduction to how new business ideas are identified and further developed into viable business concepts, including traditional indigenous knowledge on food production and conservation as a foundation for innovation and business models.

Topics Addressed: Identifying and understanding how to bring business ideas to markets, preparing a business concept, analyzing business opportunities, identifying own entrepreneurial potential, participating in creative processes for business development, grasping basic concepts of innovation and circular economy, as well as understanding basics of indigenous food systems and traditional indigenous knowledge on food. Graduating students have expertise in basic analysis of business ideas, description of business concepts, and oral presentation of, pitching and arguing their proposed business ideas and solutions externally.

Examination: The examination of the students will be a seminar group presentation on innovation business plans, developed through the course as well as an individual written assignment in the form of a business model.

Contact information:


Assoc. Prof. PhD Bjørn Willy Åmo, Nord University, Business School.
Email/ phone: bjorn.w.amo@nord.no // +47 75 51 72 45


Executive Director Kjell Stokvik, CHNL/ Nord University.
Email/ phone: kjell.stokvik@nord.no // +47 75 51 76 55


Executive Director Anders Oskal, ICR.
Email/ phone: oskal@reindeercentre.org // +47 99450010


Prof. PhD Svein Disch Mathiesen, UArctic EALÁT Institute at ICR.
Email/ phone: svein.d.mathiesen@reindeercentre.org // +47 90524116

Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor
CountryNorway
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionNord University
Begin date31.03.2019
End date05.04.2019
Registration deadline23.02.2019
ECTS credits7.5
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmesBusiness and administration (broad programmes)Agriculture, forestry and fishery (broad programmes)
Teaching placeBodø
Tagsarcticbusinessindigenousfieldschoolentrepreneurshipleadershipfood
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